Boston Marathon Training {Weeks 6 & 7)

Some motivation came back over the past few weeks. You know what I think did it? Getting to run with my friends! Between frigid temperatures, snow/ice and schedules, I haven’t run with them in months. It’s been ridiculous. Getting to run outside in the cold with them to chat with made the miles fly by.

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Two weeks in a row and we’re on a roll…until Josh is out of town this weekend. I’m trying to find a sitter to watch the kids so that I have company for 14 of my 18 miles. Having friends to do long runs with is the key to success for me. They push me, I push them and the company cannot be beat.

Week Six Rundown:

Monday – 10 miles with 8 at tempo
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Orangetheory (3.32 miles)
Thursday – 7×800 @ 6:40 min/mile with 2 mile WU/CD (9 miles total)
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 17 mile long run
Sunday – 3.5 mile walk

Week Seven Rundown:

Monday -12 miles w/ 10 at tempo
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – 3×1600 @ 6:58 min/mile with 2 mile WU/CD (8 miles total)
Thursday – Orangetheory (2.62 miles)
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 13.1 mile long run
Sunday – 30 mins elliptical + 2 mile walk

Another thing I’m playing around with is how I fit Orangetheory in. This training cycle I’ve upped my mileage a bit. Typically I top out at about 40 miles, this time I’ll be around 43-45 miles. I’m already hovering around the 37-39 mpw mark. The increase in mileage, even slight, does make for some tired legs. When I can, I’m moving my Orangetheory workout to Thursday mornings and doing my two other scheduled runs on Mondays and Wednesdays. This makes Tuesdays and Fridays my rest days which works well because I got to school with Anderson on Tuesdays and Fridays, well, I just like to take them off to be fresh for my long runs.

Also, fun note, I ordered my Boston jacket! I’m not planning on wearing it until after the race obviously, but I had a 20% off coupon from the Adidas website that saved me $22. I couldn’t pass that up. It should be here on Thursday! Super excited to try it on, just to make sure it fits for its post-race debut.

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